29 November 2010

Treasures from Afghanistan

The Guardian has a photoset of objects found at Tillya Tepe, Afghanistan.  Pictured above:
"Pair of pendants depicting the Dragon Master in gold, turquoise, garnet, lapis lazuli, carnelian, and pearl. These elaborate hair ornaments depict a man wearing the tunic and flowing pants typical of nomadic dress. He holds two dragon-like creatures by their forelegs, a mythic scene known from ancient Persian and Siberian art that suggests power and invincibility" and

"Gold, turquoise, and carnelian boot buckles depicting a chariot drawn by dragons (Tillya Tepe, Tomb IV), 1st century BC-1st century AD."
About ten more items at the link.

1 comment:

  1. Oh wow. Once again, ancient does not mean primitive! I love the woman's crown pictured at the link. It's always amusing to see ancient things that fit remarkably well with today's aesthetic. I guess shiny things never go out of fashion!


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